Groundhogs at war

There are some problems this February 2nd of 2007. Punxsutawney Phil (say that five times quickly), the famous spring prognosticator (now say “prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil”five times quickly) from Pennsylvania has predicted an early spring; however, Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

I like Phil’s prediction better–I love spring. I am also a bit perplexed. I’ve never heard of Jimmy and wonder about his training and expertise. Was Jimmy being groomed to take Phil’s place? Is Phil getting old? Are there more groundhogs in training? Will groundhogs from all over the Northeast start poking their heads out every February 2nd from now on? What is going on? Who is the authority? This is disturbing.

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